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Time is running out for charities and community groups who were significantly affected during the height of the coronavirus outbreak to apply for grants to support their day-to-day running costs.
Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) has opened a special round of the Hinkley Point C Small Grants programme and is encouraging applications for grants of up to £5,000 from community groups and organisations who work in places that are impacted by the Hinkley Point C (HPC) development.
Mary’s Beat is a fund created in the memory of Mary Christabel Dyer, to help disabled people take part in activities that will build self-confidence and encourage participation, that they may not otherwise be able to afford.
Grants of up to £1,000 are awarded for individuals to take part in music therapy, music experiences or outdoor adventures and activities, and are made possible thanks to Mary’s family, who normally organise fundraising activities every year.
Since the Fund was launched by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) in July 2017, a total of £12,405 has been awarded in grants, to 23 individuals with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or both, living in Somerset or Devon. However, the pandemic has meant that Mary’s family haven’t been able to do their planned sponsored cycle ride or other fundraising activities. To be able to award grants early next year more funding is now desperately needed.
Grants up to £2,500 are now available for core costs for smaller charities, community groups, sports clubs and social enterprises based in Somerset. Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) manages The Somerset Fund and is encouraging groups that run on less than £100,000 per year to apply now for funding. The grants from The Somerset Fund can be used to pay for ongoing running costs, known as ‘core costs’. Applications to the Fund can be made through SCF’s website and the deadline to apply is 5pm, Friday 13 August 2021.
Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is looking for an individual to volunteer on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund Awards Panel - and applications from people with knowledge of West Somerset are particularly welcome.
Funding is available from Somerset Community Foundation for young people, from two grants programmes:
• Enterprise Grants
• Training and Employment Support Grants
Both programmes are open to young people who live in Somerset and are not in education, training or employment and the deadline to apply is Wednesday 30 June.
The team at Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) are incredibly proud to announce that their Chief Executive Justin Sargent has been recognised with an OBE for services to the community in Somerset in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) welcomed His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex at The Royal Bath and West Showground, during his recent visit to Somerset.
The Earl asked how the voluntary sector dealt with the pandemic in Somerset, and heard about the incredible local community response, and how the charity and voluntary sector in Somerset responded so swiftly and nimbly to the immediate need at a local level, with many organisations adapting their services almost overnight.
Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is delighted to have been awarded a High Sheriff’s Special Recognition Award, which cites their 'outstanding work to the community in Somerset and for their acts of thoughtfulness and kindness during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.'
SCF launched the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal on 19th March 2020, just a few days before the first national lockdown was announced. The High Sheriff’s award is made on the anniversary of the first emergency Somerset Coronavirus Response grants, which were approved for payment less than a week after the appeal was launched. These first grants were made to food banks across the county, and in those first few weeks of lockdown SCF continued making emergency grants to frontline charities across our county, every day.
The Somerset West and Taunton Small Grants Fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) on behalf of the Somerset West and Taunton Council, awarded £18,000 of grants in the area to help support charities during the early days of lockdown last year.
The funding helped 21 groups and was matched with an additional £39,650 of funding which was raised by a national coronavirus appeal run by the National Emergencies Trust (NET).
The Somerset Coronavirus Appeal, launched by local charity Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) at the start of the pandemic, has raised a phenomenal £1.5 million. The funding has enabled the Foundation to award grants to over 300 local charities [correct as at 19/01/2021] in just 10 months, thanks to the generous support of local individuals, businesses, charitable trusts and public sector partners, as well as funding from a national appeal run by the National Emergencies Trust (NET).
SCF is delighted to announce the Rt Revd Ruth Worsley, Bishop of Taunton has pledged her support for another year.
Bishop Ruth says: “Pensioners who can’t afford to heat their homes are going to bed early, cutting back on food and are often living in one room simply so they can stay warm. Making a donation from your Winter Fuel Payment to Somerset Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter appeal will help support some of the most vulnerable in our community. Please consider donating if you can.”
Community groups wishing to apply for funding from the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal can now visit the SCF website where they can find guidance on how to make an application: www.somersetcf.org.uk/grants-groups
Three streams of funding from the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal are currently available:
- Grants of up to £2,500 to continue the response to the coronavirus pandemic through the winter
- Grants of up to £5,000 for recovery from financial difficulty and to build more resilience for the future (for groups with a turnover of up to £250,000)
- Blended funding of grants and loans up to £20,000 for recovery from financial difficulty and to build more resilience for the future (for groups with a turnover over £250,000)
By Peter Stolze, Programmes Manager
Peter Stolze joined the Somerset Community Foundation team in January 2020 as Programmes Manager, looking after the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund Small Grants Programme. Here Peter shares with us some of his thoughts and observations from the last few months.
“Since 2017, the HPC Community Fund Small Grants Programme has supported a wide range of projects for communities that have been affected by the construction of Hinkley Point C, as well as those that are taking advantage of the opportunities it offers.
I joined Somerset Community Foundation just before the coronavirus outbreak and have been continually impressed by the innovative and varied projects that we have been able to help through the HPC Community Fund.
Through the Fund we have contributed to community events such as the Sedgemoor Playday, which is a fun, free day for children to enjoy and make friends and for people new to the area to meet their neighbours and make connections. I firmly believe that bringing communities closer together in a society where we are becoming a little more distant is critical to boost wellbeing.
Another cause close to my heart is improving mental health. We have funded the outreach work of the Samaritans of Taunton and Somerset at Foodbanks and Job Centres and this has made a huge difference to people’s lives when they were needed the most. In addition, the Fund has also supported peer support mental health projects such as Rusty Road to Recovery, who offer long-term support to build skills and confidence in life through training individuals to work on classic cars. The current pandemic has had a huge impact on many people’s mental health and I relish the opportunity to support community groups that offer vital help.
We have also been able to award grants from the HPC Community Fund to support local community infrastructure to increase safety. Repairing the Axbridge-Cheddar Cycle Walkway has meant residents and school children can now enjoy a safe route between the villages, away from the busy main road. During lockdown, this path has been used regularly as fewer people commuted by road, choosing instead to walk or use their bicycle.
In my experience, community groups know what is most needed in their community and just require a little bit of help. I take great satisfaction in assisting people with their applications, especially when they haven’t applied for grants before, and we know the process can sometimes be rather intimidating. If you’re interested in applying to the HPC Community Fund Small Grants Programme, or have an idea that you’d like to talk through, please get in touch with me. I can offer advice and support via email, ‘phone or a socially distanced tea or coffee.”
The Small Grants Programme can fund projects up to the value of £5,000 for groups with an annual turnover up to £100,000. There are regular application deadlines and decisions are made every 6-8 weeks. If you feel that the HPC Community Fund could be suitable for your group or project, please contact Peter Stolze on 01749 344949 or email: email@example.com for advice and support throughout the whole application process.
Wessex Water is providing more financial help for community groups in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The new Wessex Water Recovery Fund aims to strengthen communities following the Covid-19 outbreak, with an emphasis on local rather than national projects.
Are you passionate about Somerset, with good local knowledge of Bridgwater and the wider Sedgemoor area, west Somerset, and Taunton? Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is looking for two enthusiastic individuals to volunteer as independent members on the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund Awards Panel.
A recent survey has suggested that since the coronavirus pandemic started, more than 170,000 private tenants have been threatened with eviction by their landlord or letting agent, and an estimated 230,000 renters in England have fallen into arrears [source: Shelter]. Local charity, West Somerset Advice, fear that this will increase when the government lifts the ban on evicting tenants.
Based in Minehead and delivering their service across the west of Somerset, West Somerset Advice runs a housing advocacy project which was set up in response to increasing demand for housing advice. In 2018 they were awarded a 3-year grant for £108,923 from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund, administered by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF).
Last summer Somerset Bridge Primary School, in Bridgwater, received a grant of £1,652 from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund, administered by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), making a significant difference to pupils and their families during the summer holidays. With three million children in the UK at risk of going hungry during the school holidays every year, ‘Holiday Hunger’ is a reality for many families. This year, the holidays will add even more pressure to an already difficult situation.
The Somerset Coronavirus Appeal, launched by local charity Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) in late March of this year, has grown to over £1 million [correct as at 29/07/2020] thanks to generous contributions made to the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal by local individuals, charitable trusts and businesses, as well as funding from the national appeal, run by The National Emergencies Trust (NET).
The Somerset Coronavirus Appeal, launched by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), is offering funding of up to £10,000 to local charities and community organisations delivering frontline work that will help communities recover from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
The new Wessex Water Foundation, a multi-million pound initiative launched by Somerset’s water and sewerage company, will focus on supporting people hit hardest by the Covid-19 crisis in its first year.
The Foundation is providing dedicated funding for projects across the Wessex Water region in partnership with Somerset Community Foundation, as well as Wiltshire, Dorset and Quartet Community Foundations, and is already prioritising those worst affected by the pandemic.
By Justin Sargent, Chief Executive
A couple of weeks ago Sir Stephen Bubb, Director of the Oxford Institute of Charities, wrote an article in The Times outlining how the coronavirus crisis had “exposed the weaknesses of too many charities”.
I have to say, that doesn’t reflect what we are seeing here at Somerset Community Foundation, but perhaps it is an understandable perception, given the nature of the national press coverage charities have received during the past few weeks. All we seem to have heard is either how much money is being lost by charities, as fundraising has largely collapsed or been diverted to the NHS, or how the largest charities have furloughed thousands of staff and withdrawn services.
What has been absent in the press – at least nationally – has been decent coverage of the response by the vast majority of smaller, local charities. These are not organisations that are immune to the loss of fundraising, but, by and large, we’ve seen them step up to meet the rising demand for their services. Their reserves of hope and commitment for their communities are not always matched by their financial reserves and I know many are concerned about the impacts of coronavirus on their long-term futures.
Some may feel that there are too many charities, that there is too much duplication and inefficiency. The sector, like others, can be a bit messy and untidy. I can tell you, as a funder, it can sometimes be frustrating, and to some extent I would agree there is an issue to be addressed, but the issue is far more complex than it first appears. For example, as NPC reported earlier in the year perhaps we should focus on where those charities are and which communities they serve; contrary to what we might expect there are fewer registered charities in the most deprived communities than in the most affluent areas.
However, on the whole – and this is the bit you tend not to hear about – local charities are run by passionate, compassionate, big-hearted, committed, collaborative, generous and thoughtful people. What they do is little short of a miracle, sometimes.
Like a lot of small businesses, small charities see their role as being local – they don’t want to or need to scale up, or merge, and if they did they would risk losing the essence of what they are and how they do it. The current crisis has shown that vulnerability and disadvantage is not solely found in inner city estates. People in every community need a helping hand, and there are people in every community who are happy to lend a hand.
It is worth reflecting on the wide range of services provided by our local charities and community organisations that has prevented thousands of people becoming more vulnerable in the past eight weeks. So here is a list of people that our Coronavirus Response and Recovery Fund has supported:
• children and adults with mental health illnesses
• children and young people living in poverty
• children and young people with autism
• ‘detached’ young people
• families with new-born children
• former service personnel affected by trauma
• fostered children and their adoptive families
• people in financial hardship and food poverty
• people in need of end-of-life care
• people who are hungry
• people who are lonely or isolated
• people with long term health issues and disabilities
• women affected by, or at risk of, domestic abuse and violence
• young farmers with mental health needs
By and large these services are always there, quietly going on in the background of our communities. We couldn’t have lived without them – or the many thousands of staff and volunteers - in the past eight weeks, without increasing the level of suffering in our communities and the burden on our public services. But the same is true every day of every year.
The voluntary ethos that runs through these organisations often means it is very tempting to see them as ‘nice to have’ compared to statutory services. I think what we are seeing is how, in the words used by a Government minister recently, they are the lifeblood of our communities.
‘Nice to have’ does not come close. They are essential. If you don’t believe me, just think about how life would have been for all of us in Somerset if the community support provided by our local groups had not been available in the past few weeks.
And that is why we should all be concerned about the impact of coronavirus on our local voluntary sector. We must work together as funders, donors and statutory bodies to support and fund the sector if we want it to survive.
As we all slowly move towards something that resembles a normal, albeit different, way of living, at Somerset Community Foundation we are looking at the task in front of us. Our local charities, community organisations and social enterprises have stood by us when our communities needed them; now we must stand by them.
The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has today, Wednesday 18 March, launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The National Emergencies Trust will distribute money raised through a number of charitable organisations including local Community Foundations, to ensure it reaches those who need it most.
Community Foundations are well placed to support local charities to overcome challenges presented by this ongoing emergency.
Details of the NET fund and criteria for groups to apply for funding will follow in the next few days. SCF is also drawing up plans for using existing local funds alongside the NET funding and we will be announcing our approach shortly.
Somerset Community Foundation's response to coronavirus (COVID-19), updated 15/06/2020
The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a major event and we recognise that many smaller, local charities and community groups will be worried about its impact on their work, their beneficiaries and the communities they live and work in. Our website has now been updated as our response to the pandemic evolves. This page is now where you'll find other sources of information and advice.
Extra help is at hand to support families in Somerset meet and beat challenges before they develop into crises.
Somerset Community Foundation is working in partnership with Somerset County Council, who have set aside £200,000 each year for the next three years towards funding community groups working with families with children aged 0-19 who need that extra helping hand.
Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Men’s Shed (BOSHed) was one of the first community groups to receive a grant from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund’s Small Grants programme two years ago. The number of over-50s experiencing loneliness is set to reach two million by 2025/6 and Men’s Sheds provide community spaces for men – and women - to connect, converse and create, filling a void and re-establishing a sense of community that older or retired people can experience.
Wessex Water is offering financial support to grassroots groups that bring people together across the county. The fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation, is open for applications on Monday 6 January 2020 and the deadline for applications is Friday 14 February 2020. Grants of up to £1,500 are available to organisations that build cohesion in communities, with priority given to smaller groups that work in areas of financial deprivation or rural isolation and/or work to raise awareness of drinking water for healthy living or saving water.
Thanks to more than 300 generous supporters across Somerset, the annual Surviving Winter appeal - which provides funding and support to our older neighbours who are struggling to heat their homes - is already over halfway to reaching its target of £100,000. Surviving Winter encourages pensioners who can afford to, to donate some or all of their Winter Fuel Payment. SCF is delighted to announce The Rt Rev’d Peter Hancock, Bishop of Bath and Wells, who is a Vice President of Somerset Community Foundation and Patron of Age UK, has pledged his support for the campaign.
By Laura Blake, Development Director
I don’t know about you, but I love Christmas. I start to get excited in November and start making plans for how I’ll celebrate with friends and family. I start thinking about how I’ll decorate the house, what we’ll eat at Christmas dinner, the gifts we’ll give and the smiles on the faces of those we give them to.
But for many of our neighbours, Christmas – and the long, dark, cold winter – can be a particularly tough time. A time when feelings of loneliness can come to the surface. This can be amplified by the pressure for Christmas to be a magical time spent with loved ones.
One in six older people in Somerset often feel lonely. Many of our neighbours live alone, some without transport. For many people, winter has come to be a time of feeling isolated and experiencing poor mental health.
But loneliness affects everyone, whatever your age. It affects young people who may feel they have no one they can turn to in difficult times. It affects new parents, who may be struggling to cope with the demands of parenting or the effect that becoming a parent has on their identity. It affects those who live alone, and those who live with family. Extroverts and introverts alike.
For almost 10 years, Somerset Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter appeal has provided vital grants to older people living in fuel poverty. Supported by generous local donors, we make grants to over 500 households to keep older people safe, warm and well each winter.
But we want to do more to tackle the loneliness and isolation that makes winter such a tough time for so many people. We want to fund 40 community Christmas meals this year to bring people together, reduce loneliness and keep our communities strong.
Sharing a meal, laughter and a chat is one of the simplest ways we can feel connected to others. Bringing people together from across a community to share a meal is a powerful way to reduce loneliness and create new friendships that can last long beyond winter.
We’re looking for generous local companies who can donate £250 to sponsor a community Christmas meal.
Every company that donates £250 or more will receive a Somerset Community Foundation Christmas e-card to send in place of Christmas cards to their clients and colleagues to celebrate their support.
Together, we can make Christmas merry and brighter for our communities.
A networking event hosted by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) was recently held for the recipients of grants from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund at St George’s Parish Centre in Wembdon.
The HPC Community Fund, administered by Somerset Community Foundation, has recently awarded over £220,000 to four community groups. The Fund supports community projects that help mitigate the impacts and increase the opportunities of the Hinkley Point C development. Read more about the latest groups to benefit from the Open Grants programme, which mainly awards grants to larger applications.
Wessex Water Community Fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), has recently awarded its first grants to 14 projects across the county. The fund, which aims to bring communities together across the county, offers grants of up to £1,500 to smaller community groups and charities.
If you feel that your community is impacted by the Hinkley Point C (HPC) build and could benefit from the funding available, then a visit to one of the upcoming drop-in days being held across Sedgemoor and West Somerset could help.
By Laura Blake, Development Director
Earlier this month, staff in companies from Lands End to John O’Groats went to work in fancy dress and baked millions of cakes of all shapes and sizes – all helping to raise more than £63m for Comic Relief. One supermarket in Newcastle has even started an annual staff tradition of creating their own version of famous music videos in the aisles (this year it was The Greatest Showman - what else?!).
It’s clear that for many employees, getting involved with giving back to charity is a fun and rewarding aspect of their jobs. Not only that, but doing good is good for business; research from the Journal of Business Ethics shows that workers in offices that do more for charity are more likely to agree with statements like ‘I would say this is a great place to work’ and ‘I rarely think about looking for a new job’.
It’s the time of year when many companies are reviewing their plans for charitable giving for the year ahead. For many, their first port of call is larger, national charities. These are household names, familiar and important to many of us and often have ready-made opportunities to engage staff in volunteering, fundraising events or fun runs.
But this means that small, local charities – who lack budget for advertising and marketing - are missing out on much needed funding. Data shows that just one in five corporate donations are given to a local charity.
Small charities are the lifeblood of our communities; the glue that holds our villages, towns and cities together. They work tirelessly to support people to fulfil their potential and tackle disadvantage, usually supported by dedicated volunteers who give their time to change lives.
Charities like The Open Door Project in Taunton, a homeless day centre which – with support from 30 volunteers – provides rough sleepers with hot meals, someone to talk to, and washing facilities. Our recent grant of just over £3,000 means that a new project worker can provide additional support, such as help to move into employment, get medical care and access housing services. I know from chatting to some of those using the centre, who have experienced huge hardship, just how important it is for them to have a place they can come to escape the cold and get a decent meal.
Small charities receive just 16% of their income from government funding, so donations are crucial – particularly at a time when demand for their services are increasing. But, for companies who want to give locally, it can often be difficult to know where to start. How do you find a small charity that might not have a website? How do you know your money will be well spent? How can your team get involved?
At Somerset Community Foundation, we’ve just launched a new initiative to empower businesses to make a difference in their communities through small, local charities. The Somerset Fund offers an easy and rewarding way to donate funds, time and expertise. Even better, donations will receive matched funding of 50% meaning they make an even bigger difference.
All donations to The Somerset Fund will be awarded in small grants to local, grassroots charities, supporting everything from youth groups, to mental health, community centres to activities for older people.
Giving time and expertise is a really rewarding way develop your own skills and strengthen local charities. For companies looking to upskill their staff and boost employee engagement, we can offer opportunities for your employees to run expert skills workshops for local charities on topics like marketing or HR.
We can also help to connect your senior staff to local Trustee opportunities; a great way for aspiring leaders to get experience at board level. I’ve personally learned a huge amount from being a Trustee and have been able to bring a fresh perspective and specialist skills to the charity that they were lacking.
So, as you’re thinking about the difference your company wants to make through charitable giving in the year ahead, I’d wholeheartedly encourage you to think small and local. Even a small gift can make a really big difference.
For more information on The Somerset Fund, visit www.somersetcf.org.uk/tsf call Laura Blake on 01749 344949. I can also offer support to create a corporate giving programme, including a corporate ‘named fund’ which acts much like a charitable trust.
Profits generated from Burnham and Weston Energy CIC’s 36,000-panel community solar array at Wick Farm, between Lympsham and Brean, will be made available for projects that will help local communities or community organisations become more sustainable. Burnham and Weston Energy Sunshine Fund has been set up by Burnham and Weston Energy CIC and is managed by Somerset Community Foundation. Grants of up to £2,500 are available for projects covering an area stretching up the Somerset coastline from Burnham-on-Sea to Weston-super-Mare, and inland to Mark and Winscombe.
We are delighted to report that the total raised by our award-winning Surviving Winter appeal now stands at £97,000 but there's just a little way further to go. The cold winter months are a perilous time of year for older people, especially those who live alone. Surviving Winter aims to tackle social isolation and make winter less lonely for older people, as well as helping them stay warm and better connected. Help us to help over 500 vulnerable, older people in Somerset who are living in fuel poverty.
If you are a grassroots community group, grants are now available up to the value of £1,500 from the newly launched Somerset Fund. Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), who manages the fund, is encouraging applications from smaller groups that run on less than £50,000 per year. The grants will be ‘unrestricted’, which means they can be used to pay for ongoing running costs, and the deadline to apply is Friday 22 February, 2019. If you run a business and would like to increase the impact of your charitable giving by up to 80% the Somerset Fund may also be of interest to you.
The Discovery Community Fund has launched! The fund aims to support improvements to the health and independence of adults with learning disabilities and autism right across the county of Somerset, and Somerset Community Foundation is managing the distribution of up to £200,000 of funding.
We would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who came to Sing for Somerset in Wells Cathedral on Saturday night - we were delighted to see a record-breaking congregation attend the service this year. Following our carol service we caught up with Wells Cathedral Virger, Kieron Rowley to ask him a few questions...
West Country Master Baker, Robert Burns MBE of Burns the Bread, is the latest local name to back Somerset Community Foundation’s Surviving Winter campaign. The annual appeal aims to raise over £100,000 to help isolated and older people living in fuel poverty this winter. Bob opened the first Burns the Bread in Glastonbury in 1983 and now has seven baker’s shops across the county, including Street, Wells, Castle Cary and Somerton.
Are you passionate about Somerset? Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is looking for an enthusiastic individual with a good local knowledge of Bridgwater and the wider Sedgemoor area, to become one of three independent members serving in a voluntary capacity on the Hinkley Point C Community Fund Awards Panel.
Liz Simmons, one of our Associates, is stepping down from her role as the Somerset VCSE Strategic Coordinator to become the new Chief Executive of Headway Somerset. Here we reflect on how Liz has helped build stronger bridges between the local voluntary and public sectors...
A small grant of just £450 to Living Paintings has made a huge difference to blind and partially sighted older people in Somerset. Read more...
The final deadline for local community groups who work with young people to apply for a grant from this year's #iwill Fund is Friday 10 August. Grants of £1,000-£5,000 are now available and the #iwill Fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation (SCF), aims to encourage youth social action among young people aged between 10 and 20 years, and up to 25 for disabled young people.
Piers and Rachel Dyer will be using vintage pedal power to cycle over 800 miles in less than a month this summer, raising funds for Mary’s Beat.
Mary’s Beat is a charitable fund for people living in Somerset or Devon with physical and/or learning disabilities, to gain access to music or outdoor activities. The fund, which was set up after Mary Christabel Dyer sadly died in 2017, is administered by Somerset Community Foundation.
Six more local groups are set to benefit from the Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme administered by Somerset Community Foundation.
The grants, which total almost £30,000 in this second round, have been awarded to Old Cleeve Community Hall, Old Cleeve; St. Francis Holiday Club, Bridgwater; Bridgwater Cricket Club; Work-wise, Taunton; Wilstockhub, Wilstock; and Friends of Minehead First School, Minehead.
Yeovil Opportunity Group (YOG), who provide specialist care to pre-school children with additional needs and their families, have recently been awarded a £3,000 grant from Somerset Community Foundation - which includes a contribution from Hidden Needs Trust (HNT).
Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) is delighted to announce that its 2017/18 Surviving Winter campaign has reached its fundraising target of £100,000!
Thanks to the inspiration of one Somerset pensioner, hundreds of vulnerable older people in our communities can look forward to a warmer and more sociable winter each year. Since Surviving Winter first launched in Somerset in 2010, the appeal has raised an astounding £600,000 in total for the county, with the nationwide campaign raising over £550,000 since October 2017.
Following the first Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme panel meeting last month [January 2018], Middlezoy Arts and Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge Men’s Shed (BOSHed) are the first groups to have been awarded grants, which together total nearly £10,000.
Hinkley Point C Community Fund Small Grants Programme, which is managed by Somerset Community Foundation, is open to applications from charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises and the next deadline to apply is Friday 2 March. Organisations or community groups with an annual income of less than £100,000 are encouraged to apply, and successful applicants can expect to benefit from grants of up to £5,000 for projects, measures or initiatives that help to mitigate impacts from the construction of Hinkley Point C in their community.
Surviving Winter, the appeal run by Somerset Community Foundation that encourages pensioners who feel they don’t want or need their Winter Fuel Payment to donate it, has just received a welcome boost in the shape of £5000 from EDF Energy – but there is still a little way to go before the appeal reaches its target of £100,000 to help 500 older people this winter.
New grants of up to £1,000 are available for people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or both and living in Somerset or Devon to take part in music therapy, music experiences and outdoor adventures. The grants are made possible by a new fund called Mary’s Beat, which has been created in memory of Mary Christabel Dyer.
Our Community Christmas Dinners grant was once again a huge success, with a total of 34 grants awarded this year - twice as many as last year! Read the full story here.
'Tis the season....! Somerset Community Foundation is once again inviting members of the public to join them for their annual Sing for Somerset carol service in the magnificent Wells Cathedral on Saturday 16 December at 7pm. Admission is free, no tickets are required and doors will open at 6.15pm.
The deadline for the next round of Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF) grant applications is fast approaching - Monday 13 November. Groups working with young people that may be eligible are encouraged to submit their applications to Somerset Community Foundation soon. The Youth Social Action Fund is open for grant applications of £1,000 - £5,000, and the programme aims to promote volunteering, fundraising and campaigning among young people aged between 10 and 25.
Funding of up to £1,000 has now become available for local charities, community groups and social enterprises, based within Taunton Deane, towards their projects, for capital purchases or for their ongoing running costs (also known as core costs) and in some cases may also benefit from additional match funding from Somerset Community Foundation. The grant is open for applications from Monday, October 2 until Friday, November 17, 2017.
Somerset Community Foundation and Community Council for Somerset, in partnership with Clarity CIC, have launched a survey for people living and working in communities that will be directly affected during the Hinkley Point C construction period. The survey asks individuals and local community organisations - such as parish councils, village halls and local schools - what they feel would help to improve community well-being and quality of life and the deadline to complete the survey is Monday 6 November.
Somerset Community Foundation has an exciting opportunity for highly motivated people to join their Board of trustees and the deadline to apply is Sunday 15 October. Vacancies are available in three specific areas: developing the strategic direction and delivery of grants programmes; promoting SCF’s ‘Inspiring Philanthropy’ role in Somerset; and overseeing the investment of SCF’s £5m endowment fund.*
Somerset Community Foundation have teamed up with UnLtd to invite anyone who is interested in helping older people in their community, to register for an open event where they can discuss their ideas for setting up a project and learn more about available funding.
Somerset Community Foundation is teaming up with Comic Relief to deliver part of a £2 million national investment, supporting small, community-led organisations with grants of £1,000-£5,000 towards their core running costs.
Somerset Community Foundation has allocated more than £18,000 to community groups and projects across Somerset through the Comic Relief Community Cash fund.
A total of twenty Comic Relief Community Cash grants of £500-£1,000 were given to local Somerset projects.
Somerset Community Foundation has awarded its first Youth Social Action Fund (YSAF) grants to four Somerset community groups. The YSAF is part of the national #iwill campaign which encourages young people to engage in social action - such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering.
Over 50 voluntary sector leaders came together on March 16th to discuss challenges and opportunities in a rapidly changing environment for the sector in Somerset.
A new report released this week celebrates the amazing work of the thousands of charities and voluntary groups providing vital support in our communities, but it also highlights a sector under pressure.
The Youth Social Action Fund offers grants to groups working with young people between the ages of 10 and 20 years old in Somerset.
When Mary Stirling of Somerton came across a wood engraving depicting The Great Flood of 1607, she was inspired to adapt the image for needlepoint. DIY kits are available now with sales benefitting SCF!
SCF is proud to announce that it has been selected as one of 5 national partners to support a new initiative backed by The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to identify and nurture great people with ideas that will really make a difference to the lives of older people.
Crimebeat is the High Sheriff's charity that makes grants to young people to help combat crime
The Unstoppables are a group of young people with special educational needs and disabilities
Somerset Community Foundation will have an important role in supporting communities most affected by the construction over the next decade
SCF is currently recruiting a part-time External Communications Executive
The fund was set in 2015 in memory of Anne Dodgson and to recognise her contribution to astronomy in Somerset
Got a little time to spare? Catch up with our news in the August eNewsletter
The TYCC fund was created to support Taunton-based charities offering opportunities for children and young people
Application deadlines for four SCF grant rounds are coming in September
Find out how SCF is helping Somerset's communities become dementia friendly
We would like to hear about Somerset's favourite community and parish magazines
Our July news and views are available to read online
Raising Aspirations matches volunteers from local businesses and community networks to provide support to young people
Grant funding is available for projects that work to conserve and enhance the environment, communities and economy of the Mendip Hills
Rachel has run 733 miles in 26 days to raise funds to support children with special educational needs
Add to the Vital Signs debate by tomorrow evening (30th June) and you could win a £100 donation for your favourite Somerset charity
Catch up on all of Somerset Community Foundation's latest news
A new fund has been created to support communities in the Wincanton area thanks to work with a local financial planner
The grant funding will be used to help the renovation of the Bayford Hall
Find out more about what the funding is being used for and how you can help Somerset communities become more dementia friendly
Rachel is raising funds for the Hidden Needs Trust
Somerset finalists for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service gathered in the members tent on day 1 to celebrate their nomination
Don't miss the chance to win a £100 donation for your favourite Somerset charity
This social enterprise recycles waste wood and helps volunteers gain workplace skills
Stand Against Violence is a specialist violence prevention charity based in Taunton
Sharon and Steve Reading completed the London Marathon last month to raise funds for SCF
Take our short survey to tell us about your priorities for your community, and be in with a chance to win a £100 donation for your favourite Somerset based good cause
The team including the fund's co-founder Paul Stevens will attempt this mammoth challenge on the 7th & 8th July
Catch up the latest news and views from Somerset Community Foundation
The grants have been made to enrich the education of young people from West Somerset,
The VCSE Strategic Forum meets quarterly to improve communication links beween the public and VCSE Sector
Somerset Community Foundation will publish its first Vital Signs report in October 2016
SCF Chief Executive Justin Sargent selected the groups to present to the audience
The Taunton Deane Borough Council VCS Small Grants Fund opens for applications today
An evening to remember in the stunning setting of Wells Cathedral
Tickets are still available for the one-off performance by internationally-acclaimed choir Tenebrae
World-class choir Tenebrae won the Choral Award at last night's prestigious ceremony in London
An illustrated talk for families about the Rosetta Space Mission in Dunster Tithe Barn
Catch up on the latest Somerset Community Foundation news in our March eNewsletter
Hundreds of Somerset residents set to benefit from projects receiving funding
We are looking for sports teams and clubs across Somerset to get involved and become smokefree!
The closing date for this round of the West Somerset Youth Trust is 31 March
Wells SOUP is an exciting new micro-granting lunch where the audience helps to decide the outcome
Tickets are available from the Cathedral Box Office (01749 672 773) or from the Cathedral shop
Catch up on the latest Somerset Community Foundation news in our February eNewsletter
We're Eco are the latest recipients of a loan from the SSEF
This month sees the first meetings of 80 mentors from local businesses and community groups with young people in two Taunton Deane Schools
Call the Wells Cathedral Box Office on 01749 672 773 now to buy your tickets
Closing dates for various grant rounds are coming up
Catch up on the latest Somerset Community Foundation news in our January eNewsletter
Attention all donors in Somerset!
Can you help the elderly in your community stay warm? Read about Surviving Winter here
'A Hymn of Heavenly Beauty' will take place on Friday 15th April
We are looking for a skilled administrator to work in our office on the Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mallet
Temperatures are set to plummet in Somerset this week
The support and generosity of our patrons is vital to helping us transform lives across Somerset
Expressions of Interest welcome for Taunton Youth and Community Centre Fund
Catch up on the latest news in our December eNewsletter
The group works to improve the mental health and wellbeing of men who are alone
Grants were made to small voluntary community groups working to support vulnerable people over the Christmas period
We have raised over £40,000 towards our target of £90,000
Our annual carol service was held at Wells Cathedral on Saturday 12th December
Funding is now available from the ‘TYCC Fund’ for projects that will offer a long lasting legacy for young people in the Taunton Deane Borough Council area.
Andy Ridgwell will join the team on Wednesday 6th of January as Programmes Manager
Please support Cumbria Community Foundation as they help individuals and businesses affected by the recent floods
Funding available for Somerset based groups from the People’s Health Trust
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The first blast of cold weather hit the south west this weekend - people in your community will be struggling to stay warm
Congratulations to Peter Wyman on his selection to Chair the Care Quality Commission
A cheque presentation was held at the Riverside Youth Centre in Dulverton
Sing for Somerset takes place at 7pm at Wells Cathedral on Saturday 12th December - doors open at 6:15pm
At the end of the first day £1,000 has already been donated to the Surviving Winter Campaign. If you would like to contribute, please click here
Better off recipients of the Winter Fuel Payment are already donating to Somerset's Surviving Winter Campaign launched today.
Join us for our annual carol service at Wells Cathedral on the 12th December
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Snap up your Christmas cards early and support disadvantaged young people in Somerset
Find out what funders look for at a free event in Bridgwater
This year's Annual Celebration was held at the stunning North Cadbury Court
Taunton Athletic Club benefits from the very first loan to be given from the Somerset Social Enterprise Fund
Somerset Community Foundation is looking for a part-time Programmes Manager based at the Royal Bath & West Showground
The latest grant round aims to support groups and charities working in Taunton Deane preparing for Christmas
Catch up on the latest news in our monthly e-newsletter
Help the Benchmark Trust support young people across Somerset at their upcoming fundraising events!
The Foundation is working in partnership with Somerset's Public Health team to help groups plan for the effects of cold weather
The latest round of the Smokefree Somerset Alliance Grants Programme is open for applications
An independent evaluation of the £1.5million Flood Relief Fund has praised the work carried out by SCF
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Somerset Community Foundation launches the Anne Dodgson Fund to help Somerset residents access science education through astronomy
Are you prepared for winter? Free planning workshop for Somerset community group leaders
Keen golfers braved wet and windy August weather to support the Captains' Fund
Click here to find out more about some of the projects funded in the latest foundation grant round
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Crowdfunding is a new way for people to raise money, awareness and support for great ideas.
Crispin School in Street hosted their annual Raising Aspirations tea party last week
Mrs Jane Barrie OBE DL has been appointed as our next Chairman and Somerset’s new Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Annie Maw has also been appointed as our Honorary President
Benchmark was formerly the registered charity of Somerset Magistrates - click through to read more
Somerset Community Foundation held a breakfast breifing at Ashfords LLP in Taunton to inform and educate professional advisors about the SSEF
SCF held open evenings at Court Fields School and Taunton Academy to attract new mentors from the Wellington and Taunton area
Support Team Lowland Rats on their West African adventure to raise money for Somerset charities!
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Somerset Community Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of our latest fund called Elliot’s Touch
Members of the Millfield Student Charity Committee & SCF Deputy Chief Executive Mary Hancock were invited to speak on Glastonbury FM's Community Show
Grant application deadlines for Foundation Grants and the Comic Relief Communities Programme have been extended
Grants are now available to support community projects that will have a lasting legacy for the residents of Taunton Deane
Avon & Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens visited the SCF office during the Bath & West show
Somerset Community Foundation is celebrating after a raffle held at the Royal Bath & West Show yesterday raised money for the Somerset Youth Fund
Fancy dinner with Julian Fellowes? Breakfast with Paul Nicholls and his stable stars?
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Dinner with Julian Fellowes, a morning on the Gallops with Paul Nicholls, a Race Day at Wincanton and a Luxury Hamper to be raffled off at the Bath & West Show - buy tickets & support the Somerset Youth Fund!
The inaugural Taunton Deane Mayor’s Fund Award Ceremony took place last Friday at Queens College
Help Somerset County Council’s public health team decide who the new provider of public health services in the county will be
Tone Ability FC is celebrating after receiving £1,500 from SCF, thanks to contributions from Summerfield Developments and the Somerset Freemasons.
Hamdon Youth Group, who provide fun and safe weekly meetings for young people recived the grant to help with rental costs of their premises
The Community Council for Somerset is recruiting for more Village Agents across the county
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Phase 3 grants from the Somerset Flood Relief Fund for home recovery are still available.
Somerset Community Foundation held a beneficiaries lunch with property development company Summerfield at their Taunton office on Thursday, as a way of saying thank you to the firm for their grant making in the local area.
Representatives from the Youth Group attended a lunch reception at Clarke Willmott’s Taunton office last week, which brought together charities and community groups funded by Somerset Community Foundation.
Somerset Community Foundation will launch an exciting expansion of our successful mentoring programme, Raising Aspirations, to Taunton Academy in Taunton and Court Fields School in Wellington this Spring.
As a result of planned succession, we will have a small number of vacancies on our Board in Autumn 2015
Somerset Community Foundation hosted a workshop at the Ridgeway Hall in Langport, to discuss community transport issues in the county.
As part of our partnership with Somerset County Council to create and manage the Somerset Social Enterprise Fund (SSEF) we held a networking event at the Monk's Yard near Ilminster.
Somerset Community Foundation looks at the work carried out over the past year to help residents who were affected by the floods, and the projects being planned to support the area in the future.
What types of groups does the Big Lottery Fund want to fund? What are private donors looking for in an application? What opportunities does crowdfunding present?
Looking for funding to build sustainability? Somerset Community Foundation is pleased to signpost the launch of the Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards (SEDA) for 2015.
Care and Share Time, a group for lonely elderly residents in the Yeovil area, received a grant through Somerset Community Foundation in June 2014. Read about the impact of the grant on the group and its members here.
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Click through to read a brief update and view the latest infographic for the Somerset Flood Relief Fund
The first grant is awarded from the Somerset Youth Fund to support five youth clubs in West Somerset.
This is your chance to raise money for the Youth Fund, whilst celebrating the first ever Somerset Day!
Somerset Community Foundation is pleased to announce details of a Community Transport Workshop in Langport.
Grants are now available to support community projects that will have a lasting legacy for the residents of Taunton Deane.
The Surviving Winter appeal needs a further £13,000 to meet urgent demand from charity partners
Red Nose Day Community Cash available for groups across Somerset - apply now!
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Somerset resident leaves a legacy that will continue to help communities and residents for many years to come.
Somerset sports clubs receive grants to become 'smokefree' environments and educate young people
Tackling loneliness in Somerset - 147 people attend Christmas Day Lunch at St Benedict's Church in Glastonbury.
Two charity dinner events in Taunton raise £5,850.00 for The Deane Dragons project - next event being held on the 11th February.
Justin Sargent, SCF Chief Executive, was invited to an exclusive charity reception at No. 10 Downing Street hosted by Samantha Cameron.
Small voluntary or community groups in the Frome area are invited to our 'Meet the Funders' event.
Funding available from the Active Communities Programme for community projects in Somerset
Taunton based charity On Your Bike, recipients of a grant from Somerset Community Foundation at the beginning of 2014, announce that three of their trainee beneficiary mechanics have passed their Cytech 2 assessments.
Somerset Community Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Victoria Malcolm as their new Marketing and Events Executive.
Social enterprises in Somerset could benefit from a loan of between £10,000 and £100,000 from Somerset Community Foundation.
Surviving Winter has launched today through local media partners with a goal to raise £100,000 to help older people stay warm and healthy this winter.
This is the second in a series of articles highlighting the work of charities across Somerset that work with young people, celebrating the launch of the Somerset Youth Fund.
Somerset Community Foundation are celebrating the UN’s International Youth Day on Tuesday, August 12 by highlighting the newly launched Somerset Youth Fund.
Council Leader Cllr John Osman approves new fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation, to support social enterprises in Somerset.
Anna Clifford and Tom Stokes will be running the Edinburgh Marathon on 25th May in support of the Somerset Flood Relief Fund, managed by Somerset Community Foundation.
Seabrook Clark and Somerset Community Foundation have teamed up to offer a free day of talks and networking in Taunton!
From coffee shops to law firms, beauty salons to high street retailers, dozens of Somerset Businesses are doing their bit to raise money for flood relief.
HRH The Prince of Wales attended a reception at Stoke St Gregory villllage hall today to hear first hand about the plight of rural communities who are struggling with severe floodings as a result of the wettest January since records began.
In response, the Prince's Countryside Fund has announced it will donate £25,000 from its Emergency Fund to the Foundation's Emergency Flood Relief Appeal.
Somerset Community Foundation’s Emergency Flood Relief Fund has grown to almost £70,000 towards its £150,000 target. Dozens of emergency relief grants have been issued already, and now the Foundation is broadening the scope of its support. The appeal has received endorsement from the Bishop of Taunton, the Rt. Revd Peter Maurice and MP for Somerton and Frome, David Heath CBE.
Somerset Community Foundation has launched an Emergency Flood Relief Fund thanks to a £50,000 donation from Somerset County Council.
Somerset Community Foundation is pleased to introduce our newest Somerset Business Guardians.
Somerset Community Foundation held its Annual Celebration in November at
Pennard House in East Pennard, with key note speaker Lord Wei of Shoreditch
inspiring over 170 guests.